By: Deeana Saminathan
There are many types of career options that exist in the chemistry field. Here are what some experts are calling the top ten career pathways:
- Analytical Chemist
Analytical chemists utilize their expertise to analyze substances, identify the existing components, as well as the behaviour and the reaction of the components. The analysis of drugs and food can determine the quality and safety of a product before human consumption. (Mendeley Ltd., 2019) The duties included in this profession include performing equipment maintenance, calibrating laboratory equipment, designing sampling protocols, validating and troubleshooting analytical methods, designing experimental procedures and coordinating laboratory analyses. (Eco Canada, 2019)
- Chemical Engineer
Chemical engineers play a significant role in the design and development of new products from raw materials. The knowledge of chemical properties and reactions leads to transformations of materials from one state to another state, like making plastic from oil. In addition to that, chemical engineers can be workers in any industry, assisting in the production of innovative products such as ultra strong fabrics or biocompatible implants. (Mendeley Ltd., 2019) They conduct research in manufacturing process developments, develop safety procedures and processes in components’ separation of liquids and gases. (Truity, 2018)
- Chemistry Teacher
Chemistry teachers can work in schools by sharing their chemistry knowledge to the next student generation, instructing students to pass and excel in school examinations based on curriculum. (Mendeley Ltd., 2019) The duties of a chemistry teacher include creating lesson plans, creating and supervising laboratory activities, evaluating student performance, maintaining classroom records, and participating in campus events. (Study.com, 2019)
- Forensic Scientist
Forensic scientists search and analyze forensic materials configured at crime scenes such as blood samples, bodily fluid samples, hair or non-biological substances. They perform DNA analysis. They play a significant role in legal investigations and law courts. Also, their knowledge is projected in the court and they explain the jury evidence. (Mendeley Ltd., 2019)
Geochemists study the physical and chemical properties of the Earth. They utilize the knowledge to determine the composition and distribution of rocks and minerals, as well as how different factors affect the soil and water systems. Geochemists identify oil drill sites, improve water quality, or help improve efficiency of how to remove hazardous waste. (Mendeley Ltd., 2019) The duties of a geochemist are planning and conducting field studies, analyzing aerial photographs, well logs, rock samples, as well as making geologic maps and charts and presenting their findings to clients and colleagues. (Truity, 2018)
- Hazardous Waste Chemist
Hazardous waste chemists are in charge of the management and the safe relocation of hazardous materials. They are the knowledgeable experts on identifying harmful chemical components in air, water or soil and evaluating the dangers present as well as coordinating the removal and containment (Mendeley Ltd., 2019).
- Materials Scientist
Materials Scientists are experts in developing their knowledge of man-made and natural substances in order to configure their properties, composition and to create new or altered materials. Materials scientists analyze and experiment with existing materials as well as create new materials to better serve humanity’s needs. (Mendeley Ltd., 2019) They research and evaluate the structures and chemical properties of natural and manmade materials and determine the ways to strengthen materials. (Career Planner.com)
Pharmacologists go through the development and the assessment of drugs, as well as biological systems’ interactions. They ensure that drugs are effective and safe for human (Mendeley Ltd., 2019). Their duties include designing and carrying out experiments, devising and testing hypotheses, testing drugs in lab or through clinical trials, performing analysis, and developing data interpretations (AlexTarget, 2017).
Toxicologists study the drug effects on biological systems, either natural or man-made. They are in charge of determining the correct dosages of certain medications, as well as thinking up possible preventions of adverse effects. Toxicologists perform lab-based work and spend time monitoring experiments, as well as interpreting results (Mendeley Ltd., 2019) Their duties include evaluating determinants of death, and collaborating with medical examiners and coroners (https://www.crimesceneinvestigatoredu.org).
- Water Chemist- Hydrologist
Water chemists/ Hydrologists are in charge of the analysis and maintenance of water quality (Mendeley Ltd., 2019) The job entails work to ensure the safety of water filtration plants and ecosystems evaluations. They review data and make appropriate recommendations to regulations and policies. Their job can also include studying bodies of water that have been contaminated by crude oil or other liquids(https://www.acs.org).
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